Campground Owner Faces Drug Charge
A Vermont campground operator has been charged with marijuana cultivation after authorities seized 97 plants and $45,000 at properties owned or rented by him, federal prosecutors said Tuesday (May 27), according to The Associated Press.
Eugenio Leon, 35, of Hyde Park, owner of Common Acres Campground in Hyde Park, was charged last week after agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and state and local authorities found an indoor growing operation containing 58 plants at the campground, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a news release.
A search warrant executed at a house in nearby Morrisville yielded another 39 plants and grow lights, ventilation equipment and electrical ballast, prosecutors said. The cash was found at his residence, they said.
Leon, who was arrested May 21, is free on bail. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison and fines up to $1 million.
The campground is located in the Green Mountains, about 25 miles east of Burlington.